Kid Approved Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I don’t know who I think I am posting not only one recipe this week but two, two days in a row but these peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes really couldn’t wait.

peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

My son requested pancakes for breakfast Saturday morning and after a lengthy recipe discussion, these peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes were born.

I am calling these peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes Kid Approved because My Kid actually loved them and he is not the easiest of crowds if you know what I mean.

He is a one man peanut gallery who has been giving his poor mother major grief over the ingredients and foods that fill our kitchen.

He wanted pancakes for breakfast and those pancakes came with strict instructions. They should be REAL.  They should not involve bananas or applesauce, no oats or replacement flours or anything that resembles a pancake recipe that is modified to make him healthy.

If you don’t believe me about his requests, here’s a quick text conversation between us from Sunday morning regarding my sweet potato latkes:


And I get it. I understand his point of view completely even though I also understand why I choose to lighten up recipes or make use of “healthier” ingredients when I can.

But not everything we eat needs to be complete with replacement ingredients. Unless we have specific allergies, it’s okay to eat the real stuff as part of a real life balanced diet.

I also think that sometimes, it’s more important to figure out to how make some simple, easy recipes from scratch that doesn’t feel like they are from scratch. It’s can be so much better than relying on the packaged, more processed foods (which often involve artificial colors and preservatives) to get our meals on the table.

peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

When he wasn’t looking, I did take my whole wheat flour out from the cabinet to combine it with the regular flour but trust me, the texture and taste is on point.

There’s a scoop of Skoop B-Strong in the mix too for added vanilla flavor and protein but other than that, I consider these peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes real…and healthy.

peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

These pancakes are gluten-free if you use gluten-free flour and even dairy-free if using dairy-free chocolate chips but don’t mention this sentence to my son, he will only make fun of us for all of this free of this and free of that food talk.

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Kid Approved Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pancakes
These peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes are perfect for pleasing even the toughest pancake critics. Loaded with peanut butter flavor and chocolate chips, these pancakes also pack in healthy fats and protein while being dairy free and gluten-free if using gluten-free flour.
Recipe type: pancakes
  • ⅓ cup whole wheat flour (gluten-free if necessary)
  • ⅓ cup white flour (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 scoop Skoop B-Strong (or use vanilla flavored protein powder of choice)
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup or more mini chocolate chips (dairy-free if necessary) -
  1. Combine the flours, Skoop and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and mx well.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Lightly grease a nonstick skillet that you would use for pancakes and heat on medium heat.
  5. Spoon pancake batter onto pan ( I fit two good sized pancakes on my pan at a time) and cook each side for about 1 or 2 minutes (really depends upon your pan and stove type).
  6. Serve warm with syrup and extra chocolate chips.
Pancakes are best when served immediately but can be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.
Reheat pancakes in the toaster oven for one or two minutes for best texture results.

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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine December 8, 2015, 5:33 am

    These look amazing! Why have I never thought to put peanut butter in pancakes before? I think I’ll need to make a big batch this weekend and then be able to eat then during the week:)
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 5:34 am

      I don’t know why you haven’t but you need to for sure! Definitely adds the flavor, texture and satisfaction to the pancakes. I bet the recipe would double easily too.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe December 8, 2015, 7:01 am

    Love that even though you were given strict instructions for “none of that healthy crap” you still a) used Skoop and b) proved how good Skoop is! Love it!
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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma December 8, 2015, 8:17 am

    A recipe kick is a good thing – glad they passed his test, he doesn’t make it easy lol 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 1:48 pm

      Ha, he definitely doesn’t make it easy! I am sending him to your house for dinner. I swear it.

  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com December 8, 2015, 9:12 am

    This is a recipe I think my husband could get on board with (he eats like a ten year old)! I used to love chocolate chip pancakes from IHOP as a kid but haven’t had them in forever, so I feel like these could be a healthier alternative.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 1:48 pm

      I think these are better than ihop! I used to love their chocolate chip pancakes too but we went a few years ago and it was such a let down!

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl December 8, 2015, 9:32 am

    I totally get his point of view. My family has had a totally GF Thanksgiving for the past two years because myself, my aunt, and my grandmother all have Celiacs, and my brother and male cousin always want a dessert “with gluten in it” (keep in mind, they never want to make that dessert themselves!) But when I was little, before my diagnosis as a teen, diner pancakes were my favorite breakfast treat and I always had them on birthdays (and random Sundays!)
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  • Gretchen | Gretchruns December 8, 2015, 9:37 am

    OMG no fake healthy crap…that sounds like my fiance. I’m pretty sure he really is a teenager boy stuck in a 24 year old body. Boys just don’t grow up.

    These look delicious by the way!
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  • Sarah @pickyrunner December 8, 2015, 9:57 am

    hahahha his texts. Classic. I feel like I used to say similar things to my mom when I was growing up. She loved to feed us brown rice pasta (which I couldn’t stand back then) and there were no “kid” snacks. I always just wanted the things my friends ate haha but now I understand the benefit to making things just a little bit healthier as long as they don’t change the taste too much from the classic.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 1:46 pm

      He’s always telling me he wants what the other kids have and I’m like, what’s wrong with the snacks in our pantry? Most of them are the same as them so why are your torturing me over every single meal? Lol I guess kids are just kids sometimes.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 8, 2015, 9:59 am

    Even before I read your first sentence, I was like “Two recipes in a row! Go Meri!” 😆 And while I love trying different ingredients and experimenting with substitutions [most of the time], there’s definitely something to be said about using the regular stuff. These pancakes look delicious — minus the PB 😉

  • Shannon December 8, 2015, 10:13 am

    My sister used to do the same thing! Until she got older and realized healthier didn’t always mean bad!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 1:40 pm

      See that’s just it, healthy doesn’t mean bad! He always loved what I made until recently when the almost teenage attitude took over.

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows December 8, 2015, 11:08 am

    Pancakes are always a good idea..just like PB + chocolate together. This is a win-win! 🙂
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes December 8, 2015, 11:35 am

    These look delicious – I never thought to put peanut butter in pancakes! My favorite pancakes are oatmeal chocolate chip ones. I also love adding almond flour to pancakes, but my husband is mildly allergic to almonds so we rarely have those.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles December 8, 2015, 1:39 pm

      I have the slight almond allergy too! I try to steer clear of raw almonds as they are the ones that give me the most trouble.

  • Fiona December 8, 2015, 1:34 pm

    Hee hee, your text conversations with your son are just priceless. Great result though and I’d never think of putting peanut butter into the pancake mixture but sounds really good with the chocolate chips. Great tip!
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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 8, 2015, 6:33 pm

    I like the way our son thinks, and I would say these ingredients are all healthy.

  • Bharat Sharma December 8, 2015, 9:36 pm


    These looks delicious and I wish I could taste them ( I am not much of a cook so I don’t whether the recipe you’ve added will do any help or not ). As these are now “Approved” by your son so you can add it to list of other approved foods and enjoy whenever you want. Even with the WARNING, you still managed to keep them healthy, which is really good.
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  • rachel @ Athletic Avocado December 13, 2015, 10:14 am

    these sound like heaven! Would wouldn’t want anything chocolate or pb for breakfast!?
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